Respect the Mountain
Respect the Mountain is the award winning campaign by the Ski Club of Great Britain. Their aim is to try and safeguard the long-term future of skiing and the environment. They donate 50p from every ski club member to the Woodland Trust's tree planting scheme but also, and we feel most importantly, have financially supported external research projects and developed the green resort guide, a pretty in-depth look at the eco-friendliness of the bigger ski resorts in an effort to promote the good and reveal the bad resorts to raise the overall standards across the industry.
You can support them by buying their green 'Respect The Mountain' wrist bands, their tees, hoodies, lanyards and eco-boxes.
Also check out their '7 steps to preserve the mountains' and live by them:
Be aware of your environmental impact as skiers and boarders
Educate yourself about your environmental impact on the mountains, and what you can do to minimise it.
Do not leave litter on the slopes
When the snow melts, the litter will still be there. Bin it or take it home. Orange peel takes up to two years to break down, and cigarette ends up to five years. If you find litter on the slopes, do the right thing – pick it up.
Respect the natural habitat of mountain animals and plants
If you ski through trees, you can damage them by knocking off branches and killing young shoots under the snow. Take care. Many areas are out of bounds to protect the natural habitat of animals and plants – not just for safety reasons.
Choose a resort which uses environmentally friendly practices
Many resorts now use bio-diesel fuel in piste-bashers, solar panels for heating, hydro-electricity/wind energy for power and a host of other initiatives. Some resorts use the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14001 as a mark of their environmental credentials.
Encourage tour operators to adopt green policies
Find out if your tour operator offers train travel as an alternative to flying, if they use paper from sustainable forests for their brochures, if they use, for example, low-wattage light bulbs in their chalets and bio-degradable detergents.
Do your bit to reduce global warming on holiday and at home
Re-use your towels each day, re-cycle household waste and switch off electrical appliances when not in use.
Reduce CO2 emissions
By flying fewer miles, or switching from air to rail, you can help reduce the volume of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. When possible, use your bike instead of your car.
Those who love the mountains and care about their future can show their support by wearing the Respect the Mountain green wristband. Each band sells for £2 and can be acquired by calling 09065 224 698, or bought by logging onto www.respectthemountain.com. All the money raised from the sale of the wristbands goes straight towards the carbon replacement tree planting scheme and research project that the campaign will fund.
For more information on the campaign including a Green Resort Guide, carbon calculators and environmental research results visit www.respectthemountain.com